A Saguaro Cactus

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Crabtree Publishing Company, Oct 31, 1998 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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Small Worlds introduces children to ecology and ecosystems by concentrating on life in a small part of a larger habitat. Beginning with a description of the habitat, the book then looks at the plants and animals that live there. Young readers are introduced to:
-- the relationships that exist between groups of organisms and their environment
-- important ecological concepts, such as producers, consumers, decomposers, and food webs, explained and illustrated with examples
-- activities that encourage children to investigate ecosystems closer to home
-- tips on observing safely without disturbing nature or endangering themselves

Different kinds of cactus provide food, moisture, and shelter to a wide variety of plants and animals. A Saguaro Cactus tells young readers what animals make their home high above, on the ground, and deep below the cacti of the Sonoran Desert in the United States and Mexico. A special section shows children how to create their own miniature desert. Fantastic fact boxes give information about:
-- deserts around the world
-- plants that live in arid climates
-- how certain animals are able to survive in climates with a limited amount of water

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Dr Jen Green worked in publishing for 15 years and is now a full-time writer who has written over 200 books for children, on geography, the environment, history, natural history, and other subjects. Her Heinemann-Raintree title on Sustaining Our Natural Resources was selected in 2011 for the Junior Library Guild's SLJ Curriculum Levels program.

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